tren crucero itineraries
Experience the wonders of Ecuador on board Tren Crucero, recognized as the Leading Luxury Train in South America in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Modern, electric-diesel and lovingly restored, antique steam locomotives pull a high quality convoy of two luxury, Colonial and Republican-style themed passenger cars carrying just fifty passengers, to ensure personalized service for all. A bar and gift-shop car with two comfortable observation lounges and an open-air terrace complete the setup of this comfortable, select boutique train
Alausi - Sibambe - Alausi
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays
The biggest complication faced by the construction of the Trans-Andean railroad was the Devil’s Nose, a mountain with almost perpendicular walls. To overcome this obstacle a zigzag railroad was built that climbs more than 500 meters in less than 12,5 km with steep ascents and descents. It today remains an impressive piece of engineering.
While recovering from the mind-blowing descent you will enjoy the views of the narrow gorge of river Chanchán and will have the chance to learn a bit about the traditions and worldview of the Puruhuas in Sibambe.
Tren de la Libertad I
Ibarra – Salinas – Ibarra
Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Holidays
With seven tunnels dug with pick and shovel and tall bridges across steep canyons, the la Libertad Train offers a unique journey starting from Ibarra, the “White City” to reach the warm Salinas, where we are received to the tune of la “bomba”.
In Salinas you’ll discover colorful murals commemorating the history and culture of Afro-ecuadorian people. Visit its museums and enterprises and enjoy the local cuisine in a trip full of memorable experiences.
Departure to Ibarra in the afternoon.
Tren de los Volcanes
Quito – El Boliche – Machachi – Quito
Friday, Saturday and Sundays
The adventure begins in Eloy Alfaro Train Station at Chimbacalle, from where we depart southwards to the “Avenue of the Volcanoes”.
Pichincha, Atacazo, Pasochoa, the Viudita, Rumiñahui volcanoes, among others flank the railway. The road descends through the “jungles of Panzaleo” whence wood for building the churches of Quito came from, through grasslands, croplands and haciendas.
In Tambillo and Machachi we’ll enjoy the cuisine and culture of the chagras, the Ecuadorian cowboys. In El Boliche, the recreation area of Cotopaxi National Park, we discover its singular flora and fauna in an easy walk, then return to Machachi for lunch (not included).
Tren del Hielo I
Riobamba – Urbina – Riobamba
Saturdays and Sundays
This train combines scenery, culture and shopping in a journey that
takes us from the temperate valley of Ambato to the Andean high plateau – known as paramo- of Urbina, more than 4,000 meters above sea level in the foothills of Chimborazo. There, the last Ice Merchant of Chimborazo and custodian of this ancient trade awaits us. Those willing to stay overnight in this unique place can book a comfortable room at the Train Mountain Lodge.t